Ramblin' Jack Elliott Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Folk Alliance presented a lifetime achievement award to American treasure Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the 84-year-old folk legend who befriended Woody Guthrie and directly inspired Bob Dylan – and, by extension, every one of the more than 2,000 folkies hanging around Kentucky for Folk Alliance this past week. Elliott rambled onto the ballroom stage at the Westin Hotel in Crown Center wearing his trademark black cowboy hat and kerchief, and carrying a battered Martin guitar – not to accept the award, exactly, but to sit and ramble on about old friends in strange places, all to the accompaniment of a few well-placed fingerpicked guitar licks.  

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